Belper Jaxx Q-Club snooker player Jimmy Gratton has retained the Derby Institute Snooker League’s prestigious War Memorial singles title.
The competition is a handicap tournament which features all the best local league players. Gratton who plays off scratch yet again had to battle through a very tough field.
In the semi-finals, he came up against Bolehill’s Ricki Slack, who received a 21-point start. Gratton raced into a 2-0 lead with breaks of 73,38,35 before Slack started his comeback with some good solid matchplay, aided by breaks of 40,27,25 and pulled the scores back to 2-2.
Gratton then dug deep and secured victory in the decider to take the match 3-2. He then faced Mickleover Royal British Legion player Ian Millward.
In the final Gratton had to concede a 14-point start to Millward. It was a scrappy affair with the balls running awkwardly. Gratton made breaks of 55 and 30 and secured a 3-0 victory to book himself into the Derby Institute snooker leagues Champion of Champions event, which boasts the four winners of the league’s singles competitions, playing off in a round robin event for the title.
This will be the sixth time Gratton has made the finals but he has failed to lift the crown on the previous five attempts.
He is also in two other Derby singles semi finals: the senior snooker and the DIA Open, along with the pairs semis with teammate Jordan Geldard, which will be played at local venues over the next few weeks.